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URTA Alumni Summer Highlight- Men on Boats

What do you know about the 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon? Nothing? Yeah, me neither. But Men on Boats is here to show the “true(ish)” version of the ten men who undertook this dangerous mission. The comedy appears at first like a Ken Burns documentary in the making but
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Picture Yourself @ University of Washington

Featuring: Tatiana Pavela (MFA Acting Graduate Student) What is your favorite coffee shop on or near campus? Since we are located in Seattle, I can’t pick just one coffee shop! Slate for best coffee, Solstice for best brownies and nicest baristas, and Allegro for closest to class. What has been your favorite production you have
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Picture Yourself @ Michigan State University

Featuring: Christopher Stowell (Lighting and Sound Design MFA Graduate Student) Where is your favorite place to do work? The place where I spend the most time doing paperwork, or studying, is my office. All of the design candidates have fourth floor offices in the Auditorium Building. The best part about our offices is that they
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Picture Yourself @ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Featuring: Jessica Kadish (MFA Acting Graduate Student) Where do you like to do work? There’s a park in Urbana called Crystal Lake Park with a pond and little fenced-in fishing docks over the water. The docks are almost never used by actual fishermen, and they’re the perfect size for using as a studio when you
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Picture Yourself @ University of Tennessee Knoxville

Featuring: Miguel Fana (MFA Acting Graduate Student) What are your favorite things about going to school in Knoxville? Restaurants? Parks? First and foremost, the Acting program at University of Tennessee Knoxville is a hidden gem of a program. The classes are focused on the Craft of Acting and building an unshakable skill set that will
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URTA visits Williamstown Theatre Festival

On Friday, August 12th, URTA staff visited the Williamstown Theatre Festival to speak with apprentices and interns about all things graduate school. Communications Director, Tony Hagopian and Education Manager, Rachel Friedman led an honest and open conversation about everything from how to know when graduate training is the right choice, how to research different programs,
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New award offers free registration for MFA candidates at the 2017 URTAs, promoting professional training in theatrical sound design. Building on the huge success of last year’s Arts Leadership Initiative, aimed at promoting recruitment of MFA candidates in the area of theatre management, we’re expanding the program to candidates in sound design. The program, now
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URTA MFA Programs Ranked Among Best by Hollywood Reporter

In a recent ranking of MFA theatre programs by The Hollywood Reporter, 6 URTA Member programs were ranked among the best in the nation, including CalArts, UCLA, University of California-Irvine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The programs were cited for their selectivity, specialization, connections with the industry, and
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Want to Get a Sneak Peek of the URTA Auditions?

Announcing: URTA Auditions now have a “Sneak Peek” program! For 46 years, the URTA auditions have helped to match the best MFA candidates to the best training programs across the country and internationally. We’ve seen some big stars come through our process, from Ty Burrell, Kate Burton, Frances McDormand, Norbert Leo Butz, Keegan-Michael Key, Lauren
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CalArts’ Marissa Chibas Awarded Fox Foundation Fellowship

The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) have awarded Marissa Chibas (Professor at URTA-member University, CalArts) an Actor Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, in partnership with Bootleg Theater. Chibas plans to use the grant to develop The Second Woman, an interdisciplinary performance with themes from both John Cassavetes’ film Opening Night and
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